After previously sold-out shows and glowing audience reviews, Fafi D’Alour & The Delinquents have undoubtedly established themselves as Adelaide’s home-grown darlings of the recent burlesque revival. Lucky for us, these local ladies have returned to the Fringe Festival once again to take us on a one-hour ride of sensual titillation through burlesque and cabaret. Forget about the circus, this performance will leave you with an irresistible desire to purchase a pair of sparkly nipple tassels and run away with the burlesque. We’re certainly fighting this urge.
Fafi D’Alour & The Delinquents have everything you want in a burlesque-cabaret performance: glamorous girls, sensual choreography, powerhouse vocals, dazzling costumes, and sass aplenty. With an all-female troupe and admirable self-confidence, Fafi (Fiona Smith) and her Delinquents (Emily Raymond and Georgia van der Sman) take spectators on a journey of self-expression, girl-power, and sexuality.
Creator, choreographer, and star of the show, Fiona Smith, presents a flawless show from start to finish that is full of strip routines, lavish sensuality, and cheeky acts. Dipping in and out of burlesque, solo and group routines, strip teases, and ballet, the show exudes eccentricity and erotic fantasia that is bound to tickle your fancy and senses alike.
Busting out impromptu moves on the dance floor is one thing. Learning and executing an hour-long choreographic routine (while simultaneously looking sexy), on the other hand, is pure talent that many can only dream of obtaining. A flawless sequence on an aerial hoop has viewers gripping their seats in awe, a pulsating strip tease-crossed-ballet routine presents a firework of seduction and femininity, while a succession of back-bends and the splits put us and our athletic abilities to shame.
With a repertoire full of powerful female artists, the show’s cabaret element further celebrates women in the era of jazz, soul, and blues. Here, audiences are treated to a triumph of female empowerment—from Nina Simone, Etta James and Amy Winehouse to Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera. A new year means a brand new show, and with a brand new show comes the breathtaking voice of Amelie Lotte. Captivating and prodigious, this beauty is one hell of a vocalist.
Having mastered their efficacious recipe of sex appeal, opulence, and sassy audience interaction, Fafi D’Alour & The Delinquents shamelessly know how to stir a crowd. Adorned with glitter and sequins, feathers and pearls, and the aforementioned mesmerising nipple tassels, this show is not one to miss this Fringe season—trust us.
Star rating: 5/5
What: Fafi D’Alour & The Delinquents
When: 2nd March – 4th March @ 10PM
Where: Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre (Corner of North Terrace & Morphett Street)
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